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REMINDER: Re-certify your RRP firm. Under the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule, are you a RRP firm? Have you certified your firm before? Is it time to re-certify? If it’s been five years since you last certified your firm, it’s time to re-certify your firm. Firms are strongly encouraged to re-certify at least 90 days before the expiration date of their original certification. You won’t be penalized for applying early, just be sure to select “re-certification” and your new 5-year certification won’t begin until your current certification expires. To complete the certification application and to pay online, click here.

The firm certification is separate from renovator certification. You can find more information here.

EPA has launched a new section of their website that specifically addresses Hazardous Waste Generators. It provides basic information, links to forms, regulatory summaries/details, and sector-specific information.
EPA Extends Lead Paint Re-certification for Renovators. EPA extended certifications for thousands of renovators under the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule, effective April 16, 2015. The extension will allow as many people as possible to take advantage of pending cost-saving revisions to the federal requirements for refresher training – a course which certified renovators must complete to maintain their “lead-safe certified renovator” status. More information.
The US EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers release final rule redefining “Waters of the United States.” May 27, 2015. The ruling will determine when permits would be applicable for construction work in and around these water bodies. For more information, see:
Changes to the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act went into effect January, 2014. You must comply with the new standards if you introduce into commerce any pipe or plumbing product providing water for human consumption or are engaged in the installation or repair of any plumbing providing water for human consumption. For more information, review EPA's:

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